How to Morph Into Your Favorite Celebrity Lookalike

Mahendra Palsule 13-07-2009

How to Morph Into Your Favorite Celebrity Lookalike celebmorphAfter Michael Jackson’s shocking demise, I was watching some slideshows on the web that showed his face changing over the years. I was reminded of cool morphing special effects in movies and wondered if there was any website that allowed me to morph my face into a famous celebrity. Of course, like everything else here at MakeUseOf, it had to be free. Pretty soon, I was morphing myself and my friends at a cool site, [NO LONGER WORKS] Celebrity MyHeritage.


Let’s see how it works in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Upload Photo

In order to save and share your cool morph creations, you do need to register at the site. With 30 million+ registered members and a clearly defined “˜no spam, no sharing’ privacy policy, I had no qualms registering with [NO LONGER WORKS]


To begin, rather than using my photo for the morph, I decided to use MJ since that was how the whole idea started in the first place. Clicking on the “˜Celebrity Morph’ tab takes you to the following screen where you upload your photo.


Select Photo

After you upload your photo, it runs its face recognition magic, and you are presented with the best matching celebrity lookalike.


With over 4000 celebrities in its database, the site is sure to find someone you like and look alike! You can browse between a few matching celebrities for your target using the little green arrows. I usually found at least 6-10 choices when experimenting with photographs of different people. I chose another influential African American celebrity idol whose interview of MJ is fondly remembered by many people:



Step 2: Prepare Morph

Click Next to go to the next step, where we prepare the morph. Celebrity Morph automatically sets reference points on the eyes. All you have to do is add a few, so that the morph becomes realistic. Click the “˜+’ button to add points, and the hand icon to position them correctly. For best results, choose the borders of the face, the corners of the mouth, and the tip of the nose, like this:

Reference Points

You can choose the kind of output you want using the slider at the bottom: a still photo, a brief video, or a long video up to 150 frames. Click Preview to view the video:


Step 3: Publish Morph

Without an easy way to save and share this with friends, this exercise would almost be pointless. Fortunately, the guys at Celebrity Heritage seem to know this as well, since they’ve made it very simple to share your morph video on various social networks.

Post Morph

If your preferred network is not there, or you wish to embed it in your own site, the “˜Other’ tab gives you the HTML code to embed it wherever you wish. I checked out posting to Facebook, and after the usual authorization process, it was very simple and worked flawlessly. Of course, even if you do not publish it anywhere, the site saves your morphs under your profile. You can create and play with as many morphs as you like.

This can be a cool gift for your friends: take their photos, morph them into a celebrity, and surprise them! You can also use the site to create a Celebrity Collage. Simply upload your photo, select from various collage layouts, and share it. Other features are a look-alike meter to find out which parent your child resembles more, and auto-tagging people in photographs using face recognition.


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  1. Krystal
    May 30, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Did they get rid of this software?

  2. Rob Mulally
    August 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I just completed this as a little project for myself using only free tools, I like the idea of a web based morphing tool but also like the flexibility of doing it on your local machine. I put my tools and a quick demonstration up at my blog [Broken Link Removed]

    If I get any interest I might put a Step by Step.


  3. fensan
    July 20, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Of course, even if you do not publish it anywhere

  4. Mahendra Palsule
    July 15, 2009 at 9:33 am

    @Steve, thank you for the feedback. I think a lot depends on the quality and suitability of the photo you're using. As for the video, did you experiment with the length setting?

    Given that this is the only site we could find that allows you to create a morph video for free, we do hope the quality improves!

  5. Steve
    July 15, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I found this to be rather weak and not worth the time.

    The "celebrities" that it found as matches were obscure and the morph video was really a nothing.

    Watch out for the "offers" that come right after registration. They are not part of the registration and may lead to spam.

  6. Dave Brown
    July 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I'm not gonna lie as a photographer, I find these morph things kinda creepy. I'm not sure why but they always seem to look really strange right in the middle, and it just weirds me out.